New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms appreciates elected officials who are unafraid to take a bold stand for life. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is one of those elected officials.
On August 23, 2018, Sen. Paul introduced an amendment to the Defense-Education-Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill. If passed, the amendment would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Sadly, the amendment failed by a vote of 45-48, with pro-abortion Republican Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joining Senate Democrats in voting against the proposal. The Senate later passed the appropriations bill.
Prior to the amendment vote, Sen. Paul took Senate Republican leaders to task for allegedly blocking his amendment from being considered. Sen. Paul asked, “‘The question is, what is more important to these Republicans? Saving lives or spending money?’” According to RollCall.com, Senate leadership was concerned that the Paul amendment could act as a “poison pill” that would jeopardize Democratic support for the appropriations bill to which the Senator sought to attach it.
Following the vote on the amendment, Sen. Paul said, “‘I will never apologize for standing up for life. If it took exposing the preference of so many in my own party to continue reckless spending over protecting the innocent, it was a fight worth having.’”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms thanks Sen. Paul for his pro-life efforts and calls upon members of both houses of Congress to renew their efforts to remove federal funding from America’s largest abortion provider.